Hermione Norris joining Doctor Who & Steven Moffat admits writing problems



Former Cold Feet actress, Hermione Norris is to make a guest appearance in Doctor Who alongside new Tine Lord Peter Capaldi, The Sun newspaper reports this morning.

Norris, who has just appeared on our BBC screens as Grace Carter in the hit drama The Crimson Field, will star in a 1984 Spanish set episode of the eighth series of the much-loved BBC family sci-fi series, currently being filmed in Cardiff with Capaldi and his companion Jenna Louise Coleman.

Norris, who played Karen Marsden in the hit comedy drama Cold Feet for 5 series from 1998 – 2003, is quoted by the paper as being “very excited” to be part of the show, which she describes as “iconic!”

Meanwhile show runner Steven Moffat had this to say about Norris’ appearance in the Peter Harness penned episode:

“It’s a testament to the quality of Peter Harness’s intense and emotional script that we’ve been able to attract an actress of the brilliance of Hermione Norris.”

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The creative genius then went on to describe the action of the episode, which is also set to star Tony Osoba and Phil Nice, explaining that the story will be set in 1984 and will see the crew heading to the volcanic island of Lanzarote. The Doctor will be revisiting the scene of a previous adventure which he’s experienced but will witness some dark changes when he arrives.

Meanwhile on the subject of how he writes for the globally popular show, Moffat has admitted that ‘self-consciousness cleverness’ can be a problem for him as he pens scripts and plans episode.

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The star admitted that he can’t seem to ‘fix’ the failing and told WhatCulture:

“I’m always worried I’m not being interesting enough and it leads me astray – before you know it, the whole thing is in split-screen! And boring!”

Steven admitted that criticisms levelled at him for being too ‘complex’ at times are most likely fair and can be his ‘default’ setting in more hectic times.

“Complex is probably what I do when I’m in a hurry. It’s my default setting and my biggest weakness,” he said.

Watch a clip of Hermione Norris in Cold Feet action in the clip below: